Humanitarian groups blame Italy for revoking rescue ship’s registration

Two humanitarian groups, SOS MEDITERRANEE and Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), have accused the Government of Italy of pressuring the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA) to revoke the registration of a refugee search-and-rescue ship, Aquarius.

The vessel has been operated jointly by both the groups under Panama’s flag to rescue Libyan refugees trying to enter Europe via Central Mediterranean Sea.

Cancellation of the vessel’s registration has brought uncertainty to the future operation of the vessel,...

North Carolina Ports resumes operation after Hurricane Florence

North Carolina Ports’ Wilmington and Morehead City terminals have resumed full commercial truck operations after remaining closed for 11 days due to Hurricane Florence.

Both the terminals shut down on 13 September before the arrival of the hurricane and were partially reopened for employees and vessel operations late last week.

The port of Wilmington received its first post-storm vessel on Thursday with the arrival of THE Alliance EC2’s Yang Ming Uniformity vessel that connects Asia to Wilmington.

Analysis: a Schenker IPO on the board’s agenda at Deutsche Bahn?

Corporate Germany and its financiers have never been busier: Deutsche Post-DHL last week announced a restructuring of its PeP unit; Thyssenkrupp has this month decided to spin off its shipbuilding business; and, finally, troubled lender Deutsche Bank could itself be a break-up candidate – if you believe the rumour mill.
Yet these latest news and speculation could be soon overshadowed by major corporate action which might be brewing in the secret rooms of …

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India’s forwarders eye more use of barges to reduce logistics costs

India’s government and logistics operators are looking to barges to bring down the cost and improve the routing of domestic cargo.
Promoting the use of barges was welcomed by the Federation of Freight Forwarders Association in India’s Debashis Dutta.
“Inland waterways offer the cheapest form of internal transport, and government is motivating companies to use this over road and rail,” Mr Dutta told The Loadstar on the sidelines of this week’s FIATA World …

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CMA CGM and MSC follow Maersk with bunker surcharges for IMO 2020

MSC and CMA CGM have followed Maersk Line in announcing plans for surcharges to recover the cost of compliance with the IMO’s 2020 0.5% sulphur cap regulations.
The French carrier said that although it was “in favour of using LSFO (low-sulphur fuel oil) for its fleet” it was also “ordering several scrubbers” – exhaust gas cleaning technology that allows ships to continue to burn the cheaper 3.5% sulphur content HFO (heavy fuel …

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Vinalines subsidiary to build $299m terminals at Lach Huyen Port

Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) is seeking approval from the Government of Vietnam to develop two container terminals at Lach Huyen Port in northern Hai Phong City.

The terminals, No 3 and 4, will be built by Vinalines subsidiary Haiphong Port with an investment of $299m.

Haiphong Port used to primarily operate at Hoang Dieu terminal, which has been acquired for the construction of an urban area, requiring Haiphong Port to operate from new facilities.

Once developed, the proposed...

International Seaways selects Clean Marine to install scrubbers

US-based shipping service provider International Seaways has awarded a contract to Norway’s Clean Marine to purchase and install exhaust gas cleaning systems (scrubbers) on seven of its very large crude carriers (VLCCs).

The contract also includes an option for three additional systems for the remaining three modern VLCCs operated by International Seaways.

Installation of the seven scrubbers is expected to be completed before the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) new 0.5% sulphur...

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